Rep. Joe Moody Files Open Discovery Bill

State Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, has filed House Bill 1426, which would require both prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases to open their files to their courtroom opponents.

“These are discussions we have to have to start to make a move toward fixing the system in Texas,” said Moody, a former prosecutor.

It’s not the first time the measure has been filed. Requiring reciprocal open discovery was a recommendation in the August 2010 report from the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions. Then-state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, filed a similar bill in 2011, which did not ...

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